It was just the most perfect autumn day.
Tom and Alice just adored every single thing.
They loved the cabin my parents were staying in. They loved the lake. The campfire. The acorns. The sticks.
Jumping down the steps.
Every. Single. Thing.
We couldn’t get Tom away from the campfire.
Alice loved the cabin. She wanted to eat all their snacks, I think. ;)
We caught tiny frogs. And collected huge acorns.
It was awesome.
After lunch, we headed to Callaway to the Butterfly Center.
Tom ran through it so quickly, I couldn’t get a photo of him! He was running and pointing at butterflies, and then he’d be off again.
Alice loved trying to spot them too, and would just follow them around. So cute!
Then mom and I rode bikes with Alice to the Sibley Center, and the boys met us there.
Alice had been talking about bikes since she saw me pack her helmet. She was thrilled!
The Sibley Center — they couldn’t have loved it more.
Alice ran through every trail.
And Tom loved the children’s garden. It has a little hideaway made of trees, and a little maze for them to race through.
Tom spent an hour in there. No, he really did. He just ran, and ran and chased and played.
He finally came out and chatted with me for a bit, collecting magnolia cones the entire time.
He wanted me to take a picture of his collection for you to see.
We made a quick stop at the vegetable garden where Alice made sure PawPaw saw all the purple and blue flowers. She would bend down and show him every one, and then ask if she could pick it.
Tom saw the “beach” when we parked, and he asked about 1,327 times if we could go there.
BEACH! BEACH! BEACH!
That boy loves water!
Me when we got there: “Roll up your pants! Don’t get too wet! I didn’t bring a change of clothes!”
Tom 2 minutes later: “I’m soaked!”
He ran. He splashed. He built sand castles.
It was a chilly day, and he didn’t care at all. He was so happy.
(He had to finish the day in pajama pants and 2T shirt I found hidden in the depths of the van. He would tell you it was more than worth it!)
As we were leaving Callaway that day, we saw a bunch of people pulled over on the side of the road taking pictures of the lake.
It was beautiful!
The trees were just perfectly wonderful looking.
I made Kevin roll down the window and I snapped a quick pic – it was truly gorgeous.
We had dinner with mom and dad back at their cabin, and then we headed home.
It was a perfectly perfect day.
The kids had the best time, and so did the parents and grandparents.
So happy we got to enjoy it together.